This landmark Heritage Building was built in 1911-1912 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for the Hook Sin Tong Charity, an association formed by Chinese immigrants from Chung San province in southern China.

This building was listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1992.

658-666 Herald Street, built in 1911 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for the Hook Sin Tong Charity.

658-666 Herald Street, built in 1911 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for the Hook Sin Tong Charity.

The original building permit, issued to Hook Sin Tong by the City of Victoria in October 1911, describes a “new brick building, 3 storey, 17 rooms. Purpose: stores” with an estimated construction cost of $23,000.

The building is still owned by the Hook Sin Tong Charity, which rents out retail space on the street level as well as space on the upper floors.

Additional Information About The Hook Sin Tong Charity, 658-666 Herald Street

  • Assessed Value (July 2015): $2,203,900; Land $1,132,800 Buildings $1,071,100
  • Assessed Value (July 2014): $2,046,400; Land $1,505,700 Buildings $940,700
  • Canadian Register of Historic Places – listed in 1992

A Brief History of the Hook Sin Tong Charity Building, 658-666 Herald Street

This landmark building was built in 1911-1912 by architect C. Elwood Watkins for the Hook Sin Tong Charity, an association formed by Chinese immigrants from Chung San province in southern China.

The original building permit, issued to “Hook Sin Tong” by the City of Victoria in October 1911, describes a “new brick building, 3 storey, 17 rooms. Purpose: stores” with an estimated construction cost of $23,000.

The original building permit, issued to Hook Sin Tong by the City of Victoria in October 1911, describes a “new brick building, 3 storey, 17 rooms. Purpose: stores” with an estimated construction cost of $23,000.

The building is still owned by the Hook Sin Tong Charity, which rents out retail space on the street level as well as space on the upper floors.

Recessed balconies on upper floors, like this one on the Hook Sin Tong Charity Building, were a common architectural feature of Chinese association buildings in late 19th and early 20th Victoria.

Recessed balconies on upper floors, like this one on the Hook Sin Tong Charity Building, were a common architectural feature of Chinese association buildings in late 19th and early 20th Victoria.

These balconies on the rear of the Hook Sin Tong Charity building, 658-666 Herald Street appear to original features from the building's construction in 1911.

These balconies on the rear of the Hook Sin Tong Charity building, 658-666 Herald Street appear to original features from the building’s construction in 1911.

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